Friday, December 30, 2016

Cessna 182P Skylane, N52388: Fatal accident occurred December 29, 2016 in Dabob, Washington

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

http://registry.faa.gov/N52388 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: SEATTLE

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report  -   National Transportation Safety Board:   https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA044
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 29, 2016 in Dabob, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N52388
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 29, 2016, about 1844 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 182P, N52388, collided with terrain near Dabob, Washington. The private pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual and instrument meteorological conditions prevailed in the vicinity of the accident site during dark nighttime. A flight plan was not filed for the cross-country flight. The flight originated from Boeing Field International Airport (BFI), Seattle, Washington at 1816 with a planned destination of William R. Fairchild International Airport (CLM), Port Angeles, Washington.

After losing radio and radar contact with Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Approach Control the accident airplane became the subject of an Alert Notice (ALNOT) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A search was conducted by the U.S Navy and a Washington State search and rescue team. The airplane was subsequently located the morning of December 30, 2016. The wreckage was located about 1.5 miles south of Dabob, WA in steep, heavily wooded terrain. 

A witness located at his residence, about 800 feet to the southwest of the accident site, reported that he heard the airplane flying southeast then east and that the engine was loud.

Review of radar data provided by the FAA revealed a primary target, consistent with the accident airplane, was traveling on a northwest heading climbing to about 2,800 feet mean sea level (msl) before descending and oscillating between 2,500 feet msl and 2,000 feet msl. The radar target then depicted three left 360-degree turns to a northerly heading, while continuing to oscillate between 1,700 feet msl and 1,100 feet msl before descending to its last radar target. The last radar target was about a half mile northwest of the accident site at an altitude of 1,675 feet msl.

The on-site examination of the wreckage revealed that the airplane collided with trees in steep rising terrain and came to rest at the base of a draw between two hills. The left outboard wing section separated during the initial impact sequence and semicircular impact damage was noted to the leading edge of the wing. 

The closest weather reporting station was located at Bremerton National Airport (PWT), Bremerton, Washington, located about 20 miles to the south of the accident site. A review of the weather revealed that conditions deteriorated after 1615 with an overcast ceiling of 800 feet above the ground level (agl). A further review revealed that at 1835, 9 minutes prior to the accident, the station disseminated an automated observation, that reported, in part, wind calm, 10 miles visibility, overcast ceiling at 600 feet, temperature 5° C, dew point 4° C, altimeter 30.15 inches of mercury. 

According to the Astronomical Applications Department at the United States Naval Observatory, the official sunset was at 1626, the official end of civil twilight was at 1702, and the official moonrise was 1404. 


The wreckage was recovered and transported to a secure facility for further examination.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.



Carla Clarke and Jon Bernhoft 


Logan and Mackenzie were in the four-seat Cessna with their grandmother, Carla Parke, and her finance, Jon Bernhoft.

The four were flying back to Port Angeles after spending the day in Seattle when outside of Quilcene, officials say, the small plane went down. It’s still unknown what caused the crash.

“They were so loved, and so many people loved them, and they will truly be missed forever,” said Liz Echevarria.

Sending her kids on the plane always made Echevarria and her husband a little nervous.

“I had been on the plane before I let them go. I was really apprehensive about it. My husband, too. We were always really concerned about their safety. Not because we didn’t trust Jon but because it’s scary,” added Echevarria.

Logan and Mackenzie were students at Northern Heights Elementary in Bellingham, where school counselors have been on hand this week to help students and staff.

Liz said both Logan and Mackenzie have been on Bernhoft’s plane several times before.

It was something Logan loved to do.

“Logan was super excited to be on the plane and he would tell people he was the co-pilot, just because he got to sit in the front seat,” said Echevarria.

She said Logan loved to be outdoors in nature and with animals, while his sister loved to dance and make people laugh.

“I guess what I’ll miss the most is their smiling faces every day. Just being with them every day,” said Echevarria.

Pilot Jon Bernhoft and Carla Parke were a month away from getting married. The two had been together for almost two years.

Now, the family is planning a memorial service for the four victims.


Story and video:   http://q13fox.com

SEQUIM — Sequim Sunrise Rotary members, friends and family are searching for answers as they mourn the loss of longtime Sequim pharmacist and pilot Jon R. Bernhoft, his fiancee and two of her grandchildren after his plane crashed Thursday.

Bernhoft, 63, and his fiancee Carla Parke, 61, were within a couple of months of getting married, friends say.

Her 9-year-old grandson and her 5-year-old granddaughter, both of Bellingham, died in the crash with them.

Bernhoft’s friends said they will remember him as a generous Rotarian who loved the outdoors, flying and his fiance.

“He was truly happy,” said Patricia McCauley, who has known him for more than 25 years. “I’m sorry they couldn’t have gotten married and had a long life together.”

He was a charter member of the Sequim Sunrise Rotary Club, which had its first meeting in January of 1987, and attended King’s Way Foursquare Church in Sequim with Parke.

In the last couple of months, Parke had started the process of becoming a Rotarian, McCauley said.

The Rev. Mike Van Proyen of King’s Way said Bernhoft had for the last 10 years dedicated himself to Jesus Christ and God and did whatever he could do to help others.

Often that came in the form of auctioning flights on his plane to help fund a good cause, helping in international church and Rotary efforts and just taking people for flights, Van Proyen said.

“He’d use his plane to bless a lot of people,” he said. “He loved the Lord and wanted to do what was right for God.”

Van Proyen said during his last conversation with Parke, she had tears of joy because she had discovered that God truly loved her.

While he didn’t know Parke as well as he knew Bernhoft, he said they were a perfect match for each other.

“He really had fallen in love with Carla and Carla was bringing the best out in him,” he said.

Bernhoft had worked as a pharmacist across the North Olympic Peninsula, his friends said.

He had owned his own pharmacy in Sequim for about a dozen years before working at Safeway in Sequim, Olympic Medical Center, Albertsons in Sequim and the Forks Community Hospital.

McCaulley said he was a compounding pharmacist, meaning he could make pills specific to each patient.

At one point he was a traveling pharmacist serving small villages in southwest Alaska, said Jim McEntire, a member of the Sequim Sunrise Rotary Club.

“I never would have thought about doing something like that, but that was Jon,” McEntire said.

He said he and Bernhoft had a lot of similarities and often enjoyed ranting and raving with each other about politics.

But when it came down to it, politics and beliefs didn’t matter — everyone was his friends, McEntire said.

“He’s just that kind of guy,” he said. “Jon was a tremendous friend.

“We have lost a terrific citizen.”

Russ Mellon, a Rotary member and longtime friend of Bernhoft, described Bernhoft as an outdoors-man.

Bernhoft would take Mellon and other Rotarians up to Alaska to go fishing and hunting, he said.

Andrew Sallee, president of the Sequim Valley Airport, said Bernhoft was a big supporter of aviation locally and that he loved to fly.

“I know he really enjoyed taking people flying out over the San Juan Islands,” he said. “He just loved airplanes and getting out in the sky.”

Like many others, Sallee is looking for answers as to what actually happened.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jon’s family and the other passengers’ families,” he said “It’s going to be a hard thing for them to deal with and digest.”


Source:  http://www.peninsuladailynews.com



QUILCENE — Federal officials on Saturday scoured a Thorndyke Creek ravine where an eyewitness reported that a small aircraft “just dropped from the sky” Thursday and crashed, killing four people.

Michael Haas, Jefferson County prosecuting attorney and coroner, identified the victims as Sequim pharmacist and pilot Jon R. Bernhoft, 63, his fiancee Carla Parke, 61, and her grandchildren — a 9-year-old grandson and a 5-year-old granddaughter, both of Bellingham.

Shane Stevenson, a detective for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Board were working to extract the wreckage from the ravine Saturday.

“Everything is centered on getting the wreckage out of there,” he said.

Stevens didn’t expect officials to know what caused the plane to crash for weeks or possibly months.

Bernhoft was listed as co-owner with Gerald E. Lematta of Sequim of the four-seat Cessna 182, according to FAA records.

Autopsies are tentatively set for Tuesday in Kitsap County, Hass said.

The plane’s wreckage “was not spread out all over, or anything,” Jefferson County Undersheriff Joe Nole said Friday.

An eyewitness said there was no fire.

“Someone described it to me like it just dropped from the sky,” Nole said.

The aircraft crashed in the woods roughly a half mile east of Toandos Road near the intersection with Coyle Road, east of Quilcene, Nole said.

The plane was found 40 feet in a ravine on Thordyke Creek.

“It was rough terrain,” Nole said.

According to state Department of Transportation officials, the plane took off from Boeing Field in Seattle bound for Port Angeles just after 6 p.m. on Thursday.

John Nutter, director finance and administration for the Port of Port Angeles, said Bernhoft was not renting a hangar at the port’s William R. Fairchild International Airport facility.

The closest airport to Fairchild is Sequim Valley Airport.

The Cessna lost contact with air traffic control at roughly 6:44 p.m. Thursday.

The crash was called in by a resident of Coyle Peninsula just after 7 p.m. Thursday night, Nole said.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted in their search by fire personnel from Quilcene Fire Rescue and, later, a crew from the Transportation.

Transportation officials had been contacted by the FAA after air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane on Thursday night.

The Transportation crew used an emergency transmitter locator to get the general location of the plane, Nole said.

The wreckage was not found until 8:16 a.m. Friday by a Transportation crew along with personnel from East Jefferson Fire Rescue and a U.S. Navy helicopter from Whidbey Island.

Nole said the Sheriff’s Department is providing security at the crash site while FAA and NTSB officials investigate the crash.


Source:   http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

QUILCENE, Wash. - Crews have found the bodies of four people at the scene of a plane crash near the northern Hood Canal area of Dabob Bay, state Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

The plane wreckage was spotted Friday morning in a heavily wooded ravine where crews had been searching for a missing private plane that disappeared Thursday evening.

"Four occupants have been located in the wreckage but there were no survivors," state DOT spokesperson Barbara LaBoe said in a prepared statement.

She said the names of the victims will not be released until they have been positively identified and their families have been notified.

Cmdr. Tom Peterson, DOT's on-scene commander, declined to identify the victims but did say the plane's owner was not aboard.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said it was alerted at 7 p.m. Thursday by the Navy, which reported that a plane may have gone down on Coyle Peninsula. The Navy saw a plane at 1,200 feet having difficulty in weather conditions. Deputies searched Thursday night but couldn't find any wreckage.

As of midmorning Friday, search crews were still working through the scattered wreckage to recover the victims.

The plane, a single-engine Cessna, left Seattle’s Boeing Field headed for Port Angeles just after 6 p.m. Thursday and lost contact with air traffic control about 6:44 p.m. near the Dabob Bay area, east of Quilcene, LaBoe said. Emergency locator signals were used to define the search area.

Investigators have not yet announced a cause for the crash, but archived weather radar images show an intense squall was in the area at about the time the plane disappeared.

Joining in the search were Jefferson County Search & Rescue, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the state DOT, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Navy, Washington Emergency Management Division, Quilcene Fire District 2 and Port Ludlow Fire District 3.

Story and video:   http://kval.com





PORT TOWNSEND — A team from the National Transportation Safety Board was headed this afternoon to the Dabob Bay-area site of a plane crash where the bodies of four Cessna 182 occupants were found, Michael Haas, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney-Coroner, said today.

“The NTSB has a team headed here,” Haas said.

Jefferson County Undersheriff Joe Nole confirmed the tail number of the Cessna was N52388, registered to two Sequim owners, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

Nole said he would not identify the plane’s occupants until next of kin are notified.

“They got all the bodies out of there,” Nole said this afternoon.

“The FAA is coming tomorrow.”

Searchers this morning located a small fixed-wing aircraft that disappeared from air traffic controller contact last night in the Dabob Bay area east of Quilcene, authorities said.

Using radar forensics data and the plane’s emergency locator transmitter, search crews were able to find the aircraft in a heavily wooded ravine, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Barbara LaBoe said.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the aircraft was flying to William R. Fairchild International Airport in Port Angeles.

As of midmorning, search crews were still working through the difficult scene to recover the victims, she said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will arrive on-scene Saturday morning to examine the aircraft.

Participants in the mission are from Jefferson County Search & Rescue, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, WSDOT, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Navy, Washington Emergency Management Division, Quilcene Fire District 2 and Port Ludlow Fire District 3, LaBoe said.

The single-engine plane departed Seattle’s Boeing Field just after 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Air traffic control lost contact with the plane at 6:44 p.m.

Emergency locator signals were used to define the search area.

Source:    http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

QUILCENE, Wash. — Authorities say four people died in a small plane crash Thursday night in Jefferson County. There were no survivors.

The wreckage was found Friday morning using radar forensics data and the plane’s emergency location transmitter, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The names of the victims have not yet been released. Officials said more information would be released at a later time by law enforcement or the medical examiner’s office.

The plane, a single-engine Cessna, left Boeing Field in Seattle around 6 p.m. Thursday headed for Port Angeles. The plane lost contact with air traffic control at 6:44 p.m. in the Dabob Bay area, east of Quilcene.

The Federal Aviation Administration then contacted WSDOT which is the agency in charge of all aerial search and rescues in the state.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a ground search. A U.S. Navy helicopter was searching overnight until it was called off because of poor visibility.

A civil air patrol plane was also scheduled to join the search Friday morning.

Source:  http://q13fox.com

SEATTLE -- Four people were killed in a plane crash near Quilcene, Wash., the Washington State Department of Transportation said Friday.

The wreckage of the single-engine Cessna 182 was found in the area of Dabob Bay.

WSDOT says the plane left Boeing Field for Port Angeles just after 6 p.m. Thursday and lost contact with air traffic control at 6:44 p.m. near Dabob Bay.

Source:  http://www.king5.com

Diamond Star DA40 NG, N605SJ: Accident occurred December 29, 2016 in Lake Havasu, Arizona

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

CTC AVIATION LEASING (US) INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N605SJ

FAA Flight Standards District Office: SCOTTSDALE


Aviation Accident Preliminary Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA050
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 29, 2016 in Kingman, AZ
Aircraft: DIAMOND AIRCRAFT IND GMBH DA 40 NG, registration: N605SJ
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 29, 2016, about 1120 mountain standard time, a Diamond Aircraft DA40 NG, N605SJ experienced a partial loss of engine power near Kingman, Arizona. The airplane was registered to and operated by CTC Aviation, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings during the subsequent forced landing. The flight departed Kingman Airport about 1100 with a planned destination of Lake Havasu City Airport, Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company flight plan was filed.

The pilot was flying with the intention of gaining flight time experience in preparation for his commercial pilot's license test.

He reported that during level cruise at an elevation of about 9,500 ft msl, he felt the airframe shaking, and a few minutes later, he received an ECU (Engine Control Unit) A and B failure annunciation. He began to follow the emergency checklist, and while doing so he noticed that the engine oil temperature was rising. He reduced engine power and initiated a descent, and the oil temperature began to drop, however a short time later, the oil pressure dropped to zero. Having now descend to 3,500 ft, he decided to perform a forced landing into a field. During the landing roll, both wings struck vegetation, resulting in delamination of the upper and lower skins at the leading edge.

Subsequent examination revealed that the belly of the airplane was soaked in black-colored oil from the engine cowling through to the tailskid, with the source appearing to be from the engine oil breather hose.

The airplane was equipped with a four-cylinder, turbocharged, Austro AE300 (E4-series) diesel-fuel engine.




KINGMAN – Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies and Search and Rescue crews were hot on their toes this holiday weekend.


Winter weather got the best of a local photographer’s New Year’s celebrations as SAR units were deployed early Sunday morning to find Akio Matsuo, 41, of Kingman stranded on Bull Mountain.

According to Mohave County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Trish Carter, Matsuo hiked up the mountain on New Year’s Eve to take pictures of the evening lights. The weather changed, and rain and fog started moving in on the mountains. Matsuo called 911 and SAR units responded and found him at about 5 a.m. New Year’s Day. The report said other than being cold and hungry, he was okay.

Search and rescue crews were at it again, this time near Sara Park in Lake Havasu City.

They assisted Lake Havasu Fire Department personnel Monday night to find a missing hiker when she was separated from her husband in the Sara Park area.

A man said that he and his wife, Nylene Haseman, 71, both of Lake Havasu City, were hiking through the mountain trail known as Sara’s Crack when they became separated around 5 p.m. The man said he called 911 after an hour of unsuccessful attempts to find Haseman.

SAR units responded to the Sara Park area at about 6 p.m. and worked jointly with the LHCFD personnel. Haseman was located stuck in the canyon at about 9:30 p.m. when a SAR member heard someone in the far distance repeatedly say “Woohoo” in what sounded like a soft voice.

Haseman had fallen about 12 feet down the canyon and into water, breaking her ankle, injuring her shoulder and damaging her cellphone. Crews from SAR and LHCFD jointly evacuated her out of the canyon. The area was too rugged and narrow for a helicopter rescue, so she was placed in a basket and moved along like a conveyor belt with a line of crews passing her out of the canyon.

She was transported to a suitable landing zone and airlifted to Havasu Regional Medical Center by Native Air. Haseman also suffered from hypothermia. The joint rescue operation by SAR and LHCFD significantly increased Haseman’s recovery.

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an emergency landing of an airplane approximately 20 miles north of Lake Havasu City Dec. 29.

At about 12:50 p.m., deputies responded to a pipeline road parallel to Interstate 40 near milepost 12 where a pilot performed an emergency landing of a Diamond fixed-wing single engine airplane. The pilot and single occupant, Keita Kojima, 20, of Goodyear, was flying when the aircraft lost oil pressure. Kojima spotted the pipeline road and landed the plane, where it sustained minimal damage. The pilot is a flight student and was not injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified.

Source:  http://kdminer.com

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N781JA: Incident occurred December 29, 2016 in Winslow, Navajo County, Arizona

NORTH AIRE AVIATION LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N781JA

FAA Flight Standards District Office: SCOTTSDALE

AIRCRAFT HAD MECHANICAL (TRIM) MALFUNCTION CAUSING PILOT TO MAKE AN OFF-AIRPORT LANDING ONTO ROAD.

Date: 29-DEC-16
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N781JA
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: WINSLOW
State: ARIZONA

Diamond DA40 NG, N528MH: Incident occurred December 28, 2016 in Goodyear, Maricopa County, Arizona

CTC AVIATION LEASING (US) INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N528MH

FAA Flight Standards District Office: SCOTTSDALE

AIRCRAFT STRUCK BIRD WHILE ON SHORT FINAL FOR RUNWAY 21.

Date: 28-DEC-16
Time: 14:57:00Z
Regis#: N528MH
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA40
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GOODYEAR
State: ARIZONA

American Airlines, Boeing 737-800, N878NN: Incident occurred December 29, 2016 at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO), California

http://registry.faa.gov/N878NN

FAA Flight Standards District Office: OAKLAND

AIRCRAFT STRUCK NUMEROUS SMALL BIRDS WHILE ON APPROACH/DEPARTURE RWY 1R

Date: 29-DEC-16
Time: 17:34:00Z
Regis#: N
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737-800
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN
Flight Number: AAL2594
City: SAN FRANCISCO
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 182RG, N397MR: Incident occurred December 29, 2016 in San Diego, California

FAA Flight Standards District Office: SAN DIEGO

AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTY EXTENDING LANDING GEAR. AIRCRAFT LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT.

Date: 30-DEC-16
Time: 00:10:00Z
Regis#: N397MR
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182RG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Southwest Boeing 737: Incident occurred December 28, 2016 in Denver, Colorado

FAA Flight Standards District Office: DENVER

AIRCRAFT STRUCK BIRD CLIMBING OUT OF 9000FT. PILOT STATED NO OBSERVABLE DAMAGE AND CONTINUED FLIGHT TO DESTINATION.

Date: 28-DEC-16
Time: 19:22:00Z
Regis#: N
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: INITIAL CLIMB (ICL)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST
Flight Number: SWA4320
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO

Piper PA-28-151, Skywagon 382 Inc., N41883: Incident occurred December 29, 2016 in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida

SKYWAGON 382 INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N41883

FAA Flight Standards District Office: TAMPA

AIRCRAFT STRUCK BIRD

Date: 29-DEC-16
Time: 16:15:00Z
Regis#: N41883
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: PUNTA GORDA
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 152, Altitude Airways Corp., N67324: Incident occurred December 29, 2016 in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida

ALTITUDE AIRWAYS CORP:   http://registry.faa.gov/N67324

FAA Flight Standards District Office: S FLORIDA

AIRCRAFT STRUCK BIRD WHILE ON APPROACH.

Date: 29-DEC-16
Time: 19:42:00Z
Regis#: N67324
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 152
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Virgin America, Airbus A320-200, Performing Flight VX-501, N635VA: Incident occurred December 28, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida

http://registry.faa.gov/N635VA

FAA Flight Standards District Office: S FLORIDA

AIRCRAFT SUFFERED BIRD STRIKE DAMAGING #1 ENGINE

Date: 28-DEC-16
Time: 15:42:00Z
Regis#: N635VA
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: VIRGIN AMERICA
Flight Number: VRD501
City: FT LAUDERDALE
State: FLORIDA

Maule M-7-235C, Richardson Companies Inc., N66E: Incident occurred December 28, 2016 -and- Accident occurred January 29, 2016 at Macon-Fower Municipal Airport (K89), Macon, Macon County, Missouri

RICHARDSON COMPANIES INC: http://registry.faa.govN66E

FAA Flight Standards District Office: KANSAS CITY 

AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTERED CROSSWIND ON LANDING AND PUSHED AIRCRAFT OFF THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY.

Date: 28-DEC-16
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N66E
Aircraft Make: MAULE
Aircraft Model: M7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MACON
State: MISSOURI
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The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Aviation Accident Final Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:   https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board:   https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:   https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA100
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, January 29, 2016 in Macon, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/2016
Aircraft: MAULE M 7-235C, registration: N66E
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

During the landing roll following a normal touchdown after a personal flight, the pilot felt a vibration in the airframe, and the right main landing gear collapsed. The pilot was unable to maintain directional control, and the airplane departed the side of the runway. A pilot-rated witness confirmed that the landing approach, flare, and touchdown were normal, and the surface wind was about a 20-degree left crosswind at 8 to 10 knots and not gusting at the time of landing. An examination of the airplane revealed the right main landing gear strut assembly failed, and all associated fracture surfaces were consistent with overload. The reason for the overload failure could not be determined.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The failure of the right main landing gear assembly for reasons that could not be determined based on the available information.

On January 29, 2016, about 1130 central standard time, a Maule M 7-235C single-engine airplane, N66E, experienced a right main landing gear collapse during landing at the Macon-Fower Municipal Airport (K89), Macon, Missouri. The private pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing. The airplane was registered to Richardson Companies, Inc., and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight departed at an unknown time.

After a normal touchdown on runway 20 and during the landing roll, the pilot felt a vibration in the airframe. Shortly thereafter, the right wing dropped and the pilot lost yaw control. The pilot was unable to maintain directional control, and the airplane departed the left side of the runway. The airplane came to rest upright off the side of the runway. 

A pilot-rated witness stated the landing approach, flare, and touchdown were normal. He reported the wind at 8 to 10 knots, not gusting, and a 20 degree left crosswind for the landing.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector showed the right main landing gear collapsed and remained partially attached to the fuselage. The right wing strut and right wing were bent. The inspector located the upper half of one bolt that attaches the right main gear strut to the fuselage, and the bolt was sheared. The bolt fracture surface was consistent with an overload failure. The inspector noted the fuselage to main landing gear frame structure was fractured, and the inspector did not see any evidence of corrosion or a preexisting condition that contributed to the failure. The right main landing wheel hub assembly was fractured, and a portion of the hub was not located. The remaining portion of the hub did not display any evidence of corrosion or a preexisting condition that contributed to the failure. The reason for the right main landing gear collapse could not be determined.

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA100
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, January 29, 2016 in Macon, MO
Aircraft: MAULE M 7-235C, registration: N66E
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 29, 2016, at 1145 central standard time, a Maule M 7-235C, N66E, experienced a landing gear collapse during landing at the Macon-Fower Municipal Airport (K89), Macon, Missouri. The private pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing. The airplane was registered to Richardson Companies, Inc., and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight departed at an unknown time.

According to the pilot, after touchdown and during the landing roll, he felt a vibration in the airframe. Shortly thereafter, the right wing dropped and the pilot lost yaw control. The pilot applied engine power to attempt to keep the airplane on the runway centerline. The pilot was unable to maintain directional control, and the airplane departed the left side of the runway. The airplane came to rest upright off the side of the runway.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector showed the right main landing gear collapsed and remained partially attached to the fuselage. The right wing strut and right wing were bent.

Maule M-7-235C Orion, Earsom Consulting,, N969AW: Incident occurred December 30, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas

EARSOM CONSULTING LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N969AW

FAA Flight Standards District Office: SAN ANTONIO

AIRCRAFT LANDED IN WIND GUST CAUSING IT TO ROLL TO THE RIGHT AND STRIKING RIGHT WINGTIP ON RUNWAY.

Date: 30-DEC-16
Time: 00:17:00Z
Regis#: N969AW
Aircraft Make: MAULE
Aircraft Model: NA
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN ANTONIO
State: TEXAS

Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, N3604L: Incident occurred December 28, 2016 in Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas

http://registry.faa.gov/N3604L

FAA Flight Standards District Office: NORTH TEXAS

AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER UPON LANDING.

Date: 28-DEC-16
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N3604L
Aircraft Make: GREAT LAKES
Aircraft Model: 2T1A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WAXAHACHIE
State: TEXAS

Howard County, Maryland, weighs bill to authorize legal action over air traffic noise




The County Council will weigh whether to take the first step toward legal action against the federal government over flight patterns that are bringing noisy airplanes closer to homes.

County officials say they've been frustrated for months in their attempts to get the Federal Aviation Administration to rethink its NextGen air traffic update.

"They just seem to be kicking the ball around," said Council Chairman Jon Weinstein, a Democrat who says airplane noise has gotten louder around his Ellicott City home.

Weinstein and Councilman Calvin Ball, also a Democrat, plan to introduce a bill Tuesday that will give the county government's law office the authority to "institute any civil action or other proceedings" over NextGen.

As part of the $35 billion nationwide air-traffic overhaul, BWI Marshall Airport in Linthicum has changed flight patterns, resulting in increased noise in some communities surrounding the airport.

The FAA estimates the increased efficiency of the NextGen air traffic update will save $160 billion on fuel, maintenance and other costs through 2030.

But people who live around the airport say the improvements come at a cost to them.

In some cases, residents who are used to hearing some airplane noise say the planes are closer and louder than before. Others who haven't heard airplane noise now have planes flying near their homes.

Complaints also have been lodged by homeowners in Anne Arundel County communities such as Severn, Hanover and Millersville. BWI sits in Anne Arundel, just about a mile from the border with Howard, so residents in both counties are affected by the airport's operations.

If Howard County takes legal action against the FAA, it wouldn't be the first local government to do so. Lawsuits have been filed by local officials in cities, including Phoenix, Ariz.; Newport Beach, Calif.; and Culver City, Calif., according to news reports. In some other areas, homeowners have filed lawsuits.

Howard County officials say they've tried to work with the FAA on the issue, but that the federal agency has not been responsive.

Weinstein and Ball say legal action is a necessary step to consider after getting little help from the FAA.

They and other Howard officials have held meetings with the FAA and written letters, but that effort is "not resonating to the extent we hoped," Weinstein said.

"Frankly, I'm troubled that our FAA folks have been unresponsive and have not addressed the issues for our constituents," said Ball, who has fielded complaints from constituents in Hanover, Elkridge and Columbia. "It's unfortunate that it's come to this."

Weinstein plans to talk with other local counties to see if they're interested in pursuing a joint action against the FAA.

But he also said there are other possibilities for resolving the concerns.

He's asked Maryland's representatives in Congress to hold hearings on the issue. And with a new presidential administration arriving in late January, there will be new leadership at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FAA that could address the issue, he said.

County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, a Republican, also has worked on the issue and has said he's frustrated by the problem. He was not immediately available to comment on the proposed legislation, said spokesman Andy Barth.

Read more here:   http://www.baltimoresun.com

Pilot accused of being drunk after video shows him staggering through airport









An Indonesian budget airline has fired a pilot suspected of trying to fly a plane while he was drunk, and two of its executives are resigning.

Citilink president director Albert Burhan announced on Friday that he and the airline’s production director would resign over the incident. Citilink is a subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.

Passengers became suspicious when they heard slurred words and unclear announcements from the cockpit. Some of them left the plane and asked for a replacement of the pilot they believed to be either drunk or under drug influence.

Citilink assigned a new pilot to fly the Airbus A320 about an hour behind schedule. The flight had 154 passengers but a number reportedly decided to cancel.

The flight on Wednesday was heading from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, to the capital, Jakarta. Aviation is a main mode of travel in the sprawling nation of 17,000 islands, and the incident has raised safety concerns.

YouTube footage showed the pilot appeared to stagger through a metal detector at a security checkpoint and security guards picked up his belongings that were falling on the floor as he seemed out of control.

“The pilot had committed serious violation of standard operation procedure that endangered passengers,” Burhan said. “We apologise for the discomfort. I have to be responsible for that and therefore I and my production director resign.”

The airline previously had dismissed reports that the 32-year-old pilot Tekad Purna was drunk, saying initial tests of drug and alcohol were negative.

Director general of Air Transportation Suprasetyo has asked Citilink to make sure the pilot underwent a medical check.

Purna is under investigation for possible drunkenness or drug use. Minister of Transportation Budi Karya has banned him from flying pending the outcome of the investigation. If proven, his license would be revoked.

In December last year, three crew members, a pilot and two flight attendants were arrested for allegedly consuming crystal methamphetamine, known locally as shabu-shabu, at a hotel. 

Story and video: https://www.theguardian.com


Citilink president director Albert Burhan (right) speaks to state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II general manager for Supadio Airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, on December 1st, in front of a Citilink aircraft prepared to serve the airline's maiden flight from the city to Batam, Riau Islands.



Less than 72 hours after reports of an allegedly drunk Citilink pilot showing up for work circulated in the public, two top executives of the low-cost carrier announced on Friday their resignation as a gesture of responsibility for the incident.

Speaking to The Jakarta Post on Friday, Citilink vice president of corporate communications Benny S. Butarbutar said that president director Albert Burhan and operational director Hadinoto Soedigno had decided to resign from the company following the incident.

"Pak Albert expressed his intention to resign all of a sudden at the end of a press conference [on Friday] as a form of his responsibility [regarding the case]," he said, adding that the resignation must first get approval by the company’s board of commissioners and its parent company.

Citilink, the low-cost subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, has been under media spotlight following reports that one of its pilots was possibly under the influence of alcohol while on duty.

The pilot, identified as Capt. Tekad Purna, was relieved on Wednesday after passengers claimed he spoke incoherently during a flight announcement made before takeoff. Many passengers decided to disembark from the plane soon after as they were suspicious that the pilot was drunk.

The incident occurred on Wednesday morning as a Citilink flight prepared to depart from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.

Also on Friday, the airline announced that it had fired Tekad for breaching the procedures, a violation that can endanger the lives of passengers.

The pilot was reported to have undergone a medical test at a clinic in Surabaya, East Java, as well as a second medical test in Jakarta by the Flight Health Agency. The final results of the medical check will be issued in a week.

Source:  http://www.thejakartapost.com